Happiness has been a perennial topic with waves of interest that have come and gone. Ezra Bayda is author of Being Zen and his newest release Beyond Happiness which gives us some insight into what leads to a truly content life. He tells us that true happiness is really available to all of us and there are practical ways to get there. Ezra teaches at the Zen Center in San Diego, Ca.
Elisha: Ok Ezra, I’m going get directly to the point. What is the key to true contentment in life?
Ezra: There is no one “key” to living a genuinely happy life, but the deepest happiness of equanimity grows with our ability to stay with present moment reality and flowers as we water the roots of the generosity of the heart, including our inherent capacity for gratitude, loving-kindness and forgiveness – all of which need to be cultivated. This is the overview; the “how to” is what my book, Beyond Happiness, is all about.
Elisha: What blocks us from happiness?